The Association of Washington Business (AWB) concluded its endorsements for the 2014 election cycle Thursday with the approval of additional legislative candidates, including Drew Stokesbary, who is running for State Representative in the 31st district. Candidate endorsements are the result of a months-long process that included member input and candidate interviews.
“Voters will have an opportunity this fall to help shape Washington’s economic future,” said AWB President Kris Johnson. “Some parts of the state are emerging from years of recession, but the recovery is uneven and too many counties continue to struggle with high unemployment. Employers need representatives in Olympia — from every corner of the state — who understand the issues they face and the impact that legislative decisions have on small, medium and large businesses.”
“As an attorney who advises small businesses, I know just how tough it can be to hire employees and deal with government bureaucracy,” said Drew Stokesbary. “In the Legislature, I pledge to be a committed advocate for economic growth, which will reduce unemployment and increase wages.”
AWB is the third significant business group to endorse Stokesbary’s campaign. He was previously endorsed by the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business.
The Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,100 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. Ninety percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people, and over half employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit www.awb.org.